Visual artist and jewellery maker Maral Mamaghanizadeh presents a unique live performance, inspired by her life experiences as a Deaf woman seeking asylum in the UK.
In If You Want to Be Alive… Read My Lips, the audience will be invited to wear specially crafted earpieces designed by Mamaghanizadeh and created by bone china artist Chris Wight.
Using Mamaghanizadeh’s ear jewellery, participants will engage with a soundscape of music and poetry created in collaboration with sound designer Chris Bartholomew — to deepen an understanding of how it feels to communicate through lip reading. The night will include poetry performances in Farsi, English and British Sign Language (BSL).
Through this interactive performance Mamaghanizadeh asks her audience to consider issues around voice, sound and translation.
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Mamaghanizadeh is an Iranian artist, awarded an MA in jewellery and silversmithing from the School of jewellery, Birmingham City University in 2017. After completing her MA, Mamaghanizadeh became a political refugee as her work, The Politics of Voice; The Tale of Tresses directly challenged the patriarchal society in Iran.
Mamaghanizadeh was artist in residence at Grand Union 2017 - 2018. In March 2018 she was selected for Talente Munich Award, at Polyphonous: Counterpoint exhibition in Munich. In June 2018 she presented a short performance art piece Politics of Voice at Soapboxes & Riceboxes, Migrant Festival at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; playing with the immediate judgements people make of migrants and showed audiences how to sign 'Iran' and revealed the difficulty migrants have with communication.
Born in Glasgow 1967, Chris Wight grew up by the sea on the west coast of Scotland. Bone china has been his material of choice for over twenty years. He undertook an MA in Industrial Ceramics at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, where he was trained by designers and modellers from Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. Enjoying the technical challenges of working with this alluring yet ‘recalcitrant’ clay body he adopts ‘high-risk’ techniques to push the clay to its limits and utilises new technologies to create his works and discover new modes of expression with this most traditional of clays.
His output includes vessel forms, panels, screens and sculptures with works at both domestic and architectural scale. The largest being the chapel doors created for The Minster School in his hometown of Southwell, Nottinghamshire at four metres in height by six metres in width and comprising over 4,500 handmade bone china discs.
Chris Bartholomew is a composer and sound designer based in South London. Focusing on devised work and new writing, Bartholomew's credits include East is East at Northern Stage, 4.48 Psychosis, Horrible Histories: Dreadful Deaf, and Contractions by Deafinately Theatre, Beweeped, Outcast at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Light and Bucket List with Theatre Ad Infinitum.
As a composer, Bartholomew has written for various ensembles with his blend of acoustic sound and electronics. He has been commissioned by the London Acapella Festival, Portsmouth Festivities and the London Mozart Players, to create works for concert hall, cathedral and helipad. Bartholomew has worked with Hofesh Shechter Company as touring sound engineer.
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